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God is Moving - Haiti

God is Moving - Haiti

Mike Rhoades | Apr 7, 2015

by: Sara Spaulding In 2009, God called Pastor Jacky Delice back to his own country as a missionary. Pastor Delice did not know what God had in store when he felt led to uproot from France and move back to Haiti. At the end of 2009, he fasted and prayed for 40 days concerning his call to minister in Haiti. A month later, the infamous 2010 earthquake hit Haiti. Many people were relocated to the area of Pastor Delice’s church, just outside Port-au-Prince. “God brought him to that place for that specific purpose,” said Cassie Jean Louis, Praying Pelican Missions’ full-time missionary to Haiti. “His church exploded with people after that.” God also brought Praying Pelican Missions to Haiti at the same time. Plans had begun to send the first mission team to Haiti in 2010. When the earthquake hit in January it was clear that God had prepared them for such a time as this. When Praying Pelican Missions staff met Pastor Delice on their first trip to Haiti, an immediate bond was formed with this servant leader. Ever since, teams have been forming lasting relationships with Pastor Delice and his church. First Baptist Church of Wishek, N.D. is one team who has experienced the fruit of an ongoing partnership. The church took its first trip in 2013. The team built a water reservoir for the church and did children’s ministry. When there was not enough time to finish building the water reservoir by the end of the week, First Baptist left a donation to finish it. Pastor Delice cried out of love for his church and community. The team left with full hearts, but knew that their mission was not over. “We felt like we were not done there,” said Cindy Gall, group leader. “We felt like we were supposed to come back and work with the women of the church. We felt like we needed to continue the relationship.” First Baptist wanted to partner with Pastor Delice’s wife, Madame Jacky, who had a thriving women’s ministry in his church. First Baptist returned in 2014, with the men on the team ready to do more construction and the women excited to build cross-cultural friendships. “We went with the mindset that even though we live in different worlds and even though they may live in poverty, women are all the same all over the world,” said Gall. “We all struggle with the same things.” The women of First Baptist started off the week with a tea party and sharing about their lives through photographs. About 50 Haitian women came to the tea party. They were intrigued by pictures of snowmen, ice fishing and family. First Baptist then invited them to share their own photos at another tea party the next day. Any cross-cultural barriers that existed were broken down as the women shared about their lives with each other. The Haitian women taught the American women how to carry a jug of water on their head and how to wash their clothes by hand. They encouraged each other through Bible study. On the last day the women of First Baptist pampered the local women by putting on a foot spa. And the Haitian women pampered them back, washing their feet as well. First Baptist found out just how meaningful its relational ministry was when some of the Haitian women expressed the joy which the week had brought to their hearts. “No one has ever taken interest in us and wanted to be our friends,” said one of the Haitian women. “You truly show us that you love us, that you care for us and that you will take the time to get to know us.” Tears flowed as the women parted ways. “It just tore at our hearts to have to leave these ladies,” said Gall. “So we are looking forward to going back and rekindling that relationship with them again.”   About the Author: Sara Marie Spaulding is a journalist and missions enthusiast. She began her writing career at the Williston Herald in the oil boom town of Williston, N.D. She has also written for the Anoka County Union Herald in Anoka, Minn. and the Minnesota Christian Chronicle. Her missions experience includes short-term ministry in 10 countries across Asia and the Americas. She is excited to be marrying her phenomenal fiance Andrew Moore in May of 2015.

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